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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Quick Look California Wildfires Today (Map)

 News and Notes: Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. yesterday issued an emergency proclamation for Plumas, Shasta and Tehama Counties following recent wildfires that have destroyed residences, threatened thousands of homes and other structures and caused evacuations and road closures

National Fire Activity 
Initial attack activity: Light (141 new fires) 
New large fires:  5 (*) 
Large fires contained:  6 
Uncontained large fires: ** 33 
Area Command Teams committed: 1 
NIMOs committed: 2 
Type 1 IMTs committed: 9 
Type 2 IMTs committed: 11 
 ** Uncontained large fires include only fires being managed under a full suppression 
1 of 7 Redding area fires from vantage point of some CalFire crews. Be safe please!
Credit: Taken by unknown firefighter, shared at Fire Camp, Thank Beautiful
Kim Stephens for the find @peacekim
California Fire Weather: No Current Red Flag Watches or Warnings.

California Wildfires Locations, Perimeters and Hotspots Map
California Wildfires Today:

OSCC - South Ops -  No Significant Fires in the Geographic area. Light initial attack in the GACC, and no large fire activity.

Southern California Area PL = 3
New fires: 24 
New large fires: 0 
Uncontained large fires: 1 

ONCC - North Ops - Numerous Large Wildand Fire Incidents
Northern California Area PL = 5
MACS Mode = 4
New fires: 17 New large fires: 1
Uncontained large fires: 11
NIMOs committed: 1
Type 1 IMTs committed: 4
Type 2 IMTs committed: 3

CA-MDF- Barry Point Fire; 93,071 acres, 70% 
 The Barry Point Fire, sparked by lightning, is located 22 miles southwest of Lakeview, OR on the Fremont-Winema National Forest and private lands. On August 15, at 6:00 a.m. command and management of suppression efforts for the Barry Point Fire will transition to PNW 2 under the direction of Incident Commander Mike Morcom.
Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Monday August 06th, 2012 approx. 04:17 PM
Location 22 miles southwest of Lakeview, Ore. West of Goose Lake, along the Oregon & California Border 
County: Modoc County & State of Oregon
Incident Commander Mike Morcom
Current Situation
Total Personnel 1,042
Size 93,071 acres
Percent Contained 70%
Estimated Containment Date Saturday August 25th, 2012 approx. 11:59 PM
Fuels Involved - 2 Timber(grass and understory). Dominant fuel is a grass model-FM2 and fuel model GS2 are primary carrier fuel models; fuels are excessively dry and very prone to ignition.
Fire Behavior - Interior islands continue to burn with single tree and group torching.
Significant Events - Closures remain in effect on both forests.
Outlook / Planned Actions:  Branch 1- Continue Mop-up and patrol the line. Branch 2 - Patrol & equipment backhaul. Branch 3/4 - Continue mop-up and patrol the line. Continue to take down hazard snags on perimeter as needed. Rehab: Beginning rehab work
Growth Potential - Medium
Terrain Difficulty - Medium
Remarks: Three Oregon State National Guard type 1 Blackhawk helicopters are being utilized for suppression operations on the fire.
 Acreage breakdown: Oregon Forest Service=42,225; Oregon Private=11,452. California Forest Service=16,524; California Private=21,870. Acreage reduced due to more accurate mapping.-----

CA-MDF- Antelope Fire. 637 acres. 10%

 This fire began on 8/21 near Jacks Butte in the Big Sage Management Unit. A Type 4 IC is committed. 
 A Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered with inbrief scheduled for 14:00 hours today. Long travel times to the incident and poor access are control issues.
 Progress has been made on the containment lines by crews on the ground and with assistance from aircraft. Plans for today are to continue line construction and to secure perimeter of the fire. Due to extremely rocky terrain, dozers are not able to construct fireline around the perimeter and additional hand crews have been ordered.
Evacuations of C & F reservoir will most likely remain in effect due to a Fire weather watch for strong winds and low relative humidities in the Modoc county area.
Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Tuesday August 21st, 2012 approx. 01:47 PM
Location Jacks Butte, West of Big Sage Reservoir in the Jacks Butte Area on the Devils Garden Rd.  
County: Modoc County
Administrative Unit: Modoc National Forest  A type 2 incident Management team has been ordered and is expected to arrive this afternoon.
Incident Commander Wright
Current Situation
Total Personnel 130
Size 637 acres
Percent Contained 20%
Estimated Containment Date Sunday August 26th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved - Timber Grass and Understory
Fire Behavior - Isolated tree torching, Creeping and Smoldering
Significant Events - A Type 2 team has been ordered, inbreif scheduled for 1400 hours today.
Outlook / Planned Actions - Continue hoselay around fire, construct handline and continue mop-up.
Growth Potential - High
Terrain Difficulty - High
Remarks - Transition from local type 4 IC to incoming Type 2 team is set to occur this evening.

CA-PNF Chips Fire. 63,147 acres. 40%.
 Decreasing fire behavior throughout the night with minor fire spread was observed fire behavior. Firing operations are under way in Divisions X, V and W.
 Evacuations and Closures: No changes have occurred to evacuations at this time. The Plumas County Sheriff's Department continues to enforce Mandatory Evacuations for the communities of Prattville, Canyon Dam and the Big Meadows area. A Voluntary Evacuation is in place for Almanor, and an Advisory is in effect to all West Almanor and East Shore residents (Hwy. 147) advising of the potential threat of the fire to the areas. An evacuation Center continues to be available at the Chester Memorial Hall on Gay Street. Highway 89 from Butt Lake Road to 4.3 miles north of Greenville remains closed to all traffic due to heavy smoke and a large amount of emergency equipment on the roadway. Please stay tuned as conditions are subject to change. For more information, please go to: AID=536
 Community Meetings: A community meeting will be held tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the Hamilton Branch Fire Station, 3791 Big Springs Road, Westwood, CA 96137.
 Additional Fire Information: call (530) 283-3593 and (530) 283-3288 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Fire Status: With gusty southwest winds predicted for this afternoon, Operations Section Chief, Rob Laeng instructed firefighters at the morning briefing, "Today's mission is clear-hold, hold, hold."
Gusts from 15-25 miles per hour are expected on the fire this afternoon which will increase fire activity on the interior of the burn area. Throughout the day, firefighters will be on the perimeter of the fire patrolling for spots and continuing mop-up operations. Mop-up is a critical component of securing fire lines by ensuring that hot spots inside the perimeter are extinguished.
 Firefighters will be patrolling the Prattville, Big Meadows and Canyon Dam areas throughout the day as well as continuing to mop-up operations. Crews also continue to work in a contained slop-over point around the Rocky Point area. In advance of firefighters falling trees in the area, last night PG&E de-energized the power line that serves Lake Almanor West, Almanor, Prattville, Big Meadows, and Canyon Dam. This action will allow firefighters to work around power lines safely and efficiently. Power will be re-energized to the lines when work is completed in the area.
 Night crews worked on burnout operations in the Red Hill and Rattlesnake Peak areas and along the fire line. These burnouts were not completed due to unfavorable weather conditions necessary to carry fire. However, firefighters will remain on these lines, patrolling throughout the day.
 The south-western and western flanks of the fire are staffed by Interagency Hotshot Crews and Wildland Fire Modules working to construct hand line in extremely rugged and steep country. Wildland Fire Modules are specialized crews of ten people trained to work self-sufficiently in the back country for extended periods will work in the Chips Creek drainage until line construction is complete. Infra-red mapping planned for today will aide in the identification of hot spots on the ground so they can be extinguished by crews or aircraft when necessary.
 Along the northern flank of the fire, crews continue to mop up into the fire's interior, remove equipment left behind from fire-fighting activities, and begin repair of areas damaged by fire suppression activities. This work will continue throughout the fire area as containment is gained.
Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Sunday July 29th, 2012 approx. 01:57 AM
Location 20 miles NW of Quincy, CA
Incident Commander Rocky W. Opliger
Current Situation
Total Personnel 1,146
Size 63,147 acres
Percent Contained 40%
Estimated Containment Date Friday August 31st, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved - 10 Timber (litter and understory) low brush with numerous dead and down 1000 hour logs and standing snags. FM10 is most representative of the fuels and the observed fire behavior.
Fire Behavior - Decreasing fire behavior throughout the night, minor fire spread.
Outlook / Planned Actions - Direct line construction in Div D/C, West flank. Prepping for and mopping up after firing operations in Divs X/V/W East flank. Mop up, patrol and back haul on the remainder of the fire. Suppression rehab is beginning where possible.
Growth Potential - Extreme
Terrain Difficulty - Extreme

Remarks: Mandatory Evacuation of the communities of Canyon Dam, Big Meadows and Prattville remain in place. Voluntary Evacuation for the community of Almanor. West Almanor remains under Advisement. Highway 89 will be closed with a hard closure from Butt Lake Road to the Highway 89 Wolf Creek intersection. Type 1 helicopters are essential to minimize fire spread and support ground troops in direct line construction. PG&E crews continue to restore damaged power poles feeding the Red Hill communication site. The communication site is currently operating off of emergency power. Seneca remains under mandatory evacuation, Rush Crk rd. from Hwy 70 is open to residents only. The Chester Memorial Hall is open as an evacuation center. 

Total burned acres are at 63,147. Plumas NF burned acres 37,676, Lassen NF 17,913, SRA burned acres 7558.

CA-MNF North Pass Fire. 17,820 acres. 10%.
 Weather conditions, aggressive fire behavior, limited access, and limited resources continue to be significant control problems.
Evacuations: Mandatory Evacuations:
  • Indian Dick Road, east of the Town of Covelo, all residents on Indian Dick Road from the intersection of Mendocino Pass Road north, to the Trinity County Line and East to the Tehama County Line. This order includes all residences and USFS campsites at Howard Lake Campground, Little Doe Campground, and Hammerhorn Lake Campground and all USFS Wilderness Trailheads at Blands Cove, Hell Hole, Stick Lake, Foster Glade, Asa Bean, Rock Cabin, Georges Valley, Soldier Ridge, Smokehouse Ridge and Green Springs.
  • Blands Cove Road, east of the Town of Covelo, from the start of the Traveler's Home Wilderness Trail Head, north to the Trinity County Line.
  • Mendocino Pass Road, (Forest Highway 7) north and south of the highway from the Eel river work center east to the Tehama/Glenn county line, including Bauer Ranch subdivision, all private residences and forest service campgrounds.
Contact the American Red Cross for housing assistance at (707) 463-0112 or (855) 891-7325.
Road closures: Blands Cove Road and Indian Dick Road (USFS Road M1) will be closed to all non-emergency traffic in the areas noted above. These road closures remain in effect until the mandatory evacuation order is rescinded
Basic Information
Date/Time Started: August 18, 2012 2:47 am
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit/Mendocino National Forest
County: Mendocino County
Location: Mendocino Pass Rd, northeast of Covelo
Acres Burned: 17,820 acres
Containment 17,820 acres - 10% contained
Structures Destroyed: 1 outbuilding
Threatened: 45 residences and 5 commercial properties
Injuries: 3
Cause: Lightning
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, USFS Mendocino, BIA, Covelo Fire, CDCR, California National Guard, Mendocino Co. Sheriff's Dept.
Total Fire Personnel: 962 (755 CAL FIRE)
Engines: 93 (70 CAL FIRE)
Fire crews: 26 CAL FIRE
Airtankers: 2
Helicopters: 6
Dozers: 37 (15 CAL FIRE)
Water tenders: 25
Major Incident Command Team: CAL FIRE is in unified command with USFS
Conditions: Pass Complex is 2 separate fires in same area. Pass 1 Fire has burned into the Mendocino National Forest. Pass 2 Fire jumped the fire line and is burning east toward the Pass 1 Fire.

CA-TGU Ponderosa Fire. 27,978 acres. 57%
 The fire continues to make runs where the slope and wind aligns; spotting in excess of 1/8th of a mile continues to be a problem for crews in Division X. Damage assessment continues with the collection of more accurate information.
Evacuations:  Residents continue to return to their homes and efforts are being made to open some of the remaining evacuated areas to the north of the fire. Most of the utilities in the fire area have been restored for the residents returning home.
Evacuations remain in place for the following areas of Manton, Shingletown, Viola & Mineral:
  • Canyon View Loop North of Highway 36. 
  • The south side of Hwy 44 from Airport Way to Viola. 
  • Forward Road between Cedar Ridge and C Line; 
  • Forward Mill Road from Rock Creek to Forward Camp Road; 
  • Rock Creek Road from Manton to Long Hay Flat Road; 
  • Long Hay Flat Road; 
  • Canyon Creek Ranch; 
  • Woodcutter Way. 
 Evacuation Warning was issued to the residents adjacent to Hwy 36 from Oasis Springs Road to and including Mineral, Lassen Lodge and Ponderosa Sky Ranch. An evacuation warning alerts the residents of the potential for evacuation orders. 
 Road Closures: Roads leading South off Highway 44 from Airport Way to Viola
Forward Road east of Cedar Ridge.

  • Grace Resort / Manton Ponderosa east of Wilson Hill Road.
  • Rock Creek east of Wilson Hill Road off Manton Road.
School Closures: Mineral School has been closed until further notice.
Phone Numbers (530) 225-2510 (Fire Information)
Basic Information

Date/Time Started: August 18, 2012 11:37 am
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Tehama-Glenn Unit
County: Tehama / Shasta Counties
Location: Off Ponderosa Way, southeast of Manton
Structures Destroyed: 84 structures destroyed
Threatened: 900 residences, 10 commercial properties and 30 outbuildings remain threatened.
Injuries: 4
Cause: Lightning
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, Tehama and Shasta County Sheriff, CHP, CDCR, CAL TRANS, SPI, PG&E
Total Fire Personnel: 2,494 (1,209 CAL FIRE)
Engines: 263 (73 CAL FIRE)
Fire crews: 48 (42 CAL FIRE)
Helicopters: 11
Dozers: 47 (21 CAL FIRE)
Water tenders: 49
Conditions: The fire continued to burn in the Battle Creek and Panther Creek areas with some burning in the Blue Ridge area over the evening. The fire is approximately 2.25 miles west of A line road. Due to the concern that the fire may burn out of the Panther Creek area to the northeast, the contingency line to the east of the fire continues to be strengthened. Roads used during the fire are starting to be rehabilitated. Up to 300 structures inside the fire area were saved. Firefighters will be keeping a close eye on the weather with higher winds predicted on Thursday.

CA-KNF Fort Complex. 6,583 acres. 37%.
 Line improvement in Goff Creek and structure protection assessment and preperation in Seiad Valley continue.
There are NO evacuations in Seiad Valley or Happy Camp due to the Goff Fire at this time.
Incident Overview

 A lightning storm that moved through the Northern California and Southern Oregon area on August 5th, 2012, started mutiple fires on the Klamath National Forest and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Firefighters from both forests quickly contained many of the fires over several days. However three of the fires that were in steep and rugged terrain continued to grow.
 The Hello Fire in the Red Buttes Wilderness and the Lick Fire burning about five miles east of the Red Buttes Wilderness are in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. 
 Together with the Goff Fire, which is on the Klamath National Forest, the three fires were managed as the Fort Complex. 
 The Goff Fire, now 5,061 acres is 15 percent contained. Command of the Goff Incident has been assumed by a National Incident Management Organization or NIMO Team. 

 The Fruit and Lick Fires are very near 100 percent containment. Command of these two fires has been transferred back to the local unit. No additional updates on the Fruit or Lick Fires are expected unless conditions change.
Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Fire Prevention Public Use Restriction
Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Trail and Road Closures
Klamath National Forest Trail and Road Closures
Pacific Crest Trail Closed Due to Goff Fire
Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Sunday August 05th, 2012 approx. 07:00 PM
Location Complex of 3 fires in CA; the Goff Fire near Seiad; the Hello & Lick Fires-2 mi. SW of Applegate
Incident Commander Dan Kleinman
Current Situation
Total Personnel 492
Size 6,583 acres
Percent Contained 37%
Estimated Containment Date Thursday August 30th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved - The Fort Complex Fires are burning in brush, timber and timber understory.
Fire Behavior - The Goff Fire continues to burn very actively during the day and early evening. Firefighters observed backing fire yesterday.
Significant Events: Branch II (Hello and Lick fires) transitioned to ICT3 Brad Clayton at 0700. Branch I (Goff fire) transitioned to a National Incident Management Organization Team yesterday. The Pacific Crest Trail has been closed from Highway 96 to Lily Pad Lake. The National Boundary Trail has also been closed. Smoke impacts will continue.
Outlook / Planned Actions: Improve line in Goff Creek to keep fire from crossing to the west imporve and secure line in Portugese Creek to keep fire from advancing beyond this drainage to the east and south. Structure protection assessment and prep in Seiad Valley continues.
Growth Potential - The growth potentail for the Goff Fire is high.
Terrain Difficulty - All three Fort Complex Fires are burning in extreme terrain.
Remarks: The Goff Fire continues to make significant runs in the late afternoon/early evening. The fire reached the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in the area of Upper Devil's Peak. The PCT is closed from Hwy 96 to Lilly Pad Lake. The Boundary Trail is closed from its junction with the PCT to the Bailey Cabin. A Type III organization from the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest assumed command of Branch II (Hello and Lick fires) on August 21 at 0700. A National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) Team along with a Type 3 organization from the Klamath NF assumed command of Branch I (Goff Fire) at 1800 on August 21.


CA-NOD Rush Fire. 317,616 acres. 60%.
 Crews in Division A and B will secure and mop up and continue to construct direct and indirect line, burning as needed. The remaining divisions are in patrol and mop up status.
County: Lassen County
Location: 15 miles SE of Ravendale, California
Administrative Unit: Bureau of Land Management - Northern California Resource Area
Status/Notes: This is NOT a CAL FIRE Incident.** Click the link above for information from the Bureau of Land Management.
Date Started: August 12, 2012 6:42 pm

CA-BTU Mill Fire. 1,680 acres. 95%.
Full containment expected later today. Heavy mop up still exist with the Mill Creek Drainage area. A 10 acre island with heavy fuels still exists in Division A/C.
Basic Information
Date/Time Started: August 13, 2012 6:46 pm
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Butte Unit
County: Tehama County
Location: Highway 32 in the Mill Creek drainage, northwest of Butte Meadows
Acres Burned: 1,680 acres
Containment 1,680 acres - 95% contained
Full containment expected later today.
Injuries: 3
Cause: Under investigation
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, USFS, CDCR, Sierra Pacific Industries, Collins Pine Timber Company, California National Guard, CHP, Tehama Co. & Butte Co.Sheriff's Office, Silver Dollar Fairgrounds
Total Fire Personnel: 700 (638 CAL FIRE)
Engines: 15 (13 CAL FIRE)
Fire crews: 24 CAL FIRE
Helicopters: 3
Dozers: 5
Water tenders: 24
Conditions: Firefighters continue to strengthen fire lines. Firefighting resources continue to be released and sent to other fires in the region.
Road Closures: Multiple road closures are in place within the Lassen National Forest. Current information can be found on the Forests website at
Additional Information: Hunters and other visitors to the surrounding Forest are encouraged to visit the Lassen National Forest website for related information.

CA-SHU SHU August Lightning Fire. 204 acres. 100%.
 Mop up and patrol continue.
Basic Information
Date/Time Started: August 18, 2012 10:50 am
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Shasta-Trinity Unit
County: Shasta County
Location: East of Redding
Acres Burned: 204 acres
Containment 204 acres - 100% contained
Injuries: 1
Cause: Lightning
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, Shasta Co. FD, Happy Valley FD, Millville FD, Mountain Gate FD, Shasta College FD, PGE, Cal EMA, Shasta Co. Sheriff's Office
Total Fire Personnel: 230 (190 CAL FIRE)
Engines: 8 (7 CAL FIRE)
Fire crews: 10 CAL FIRE
Helicopters: 2
Dozers: 2
Water tenders: 3
Conditions: The complex consists of 16 fires; all fires are 100% contained. Crews will continue to mop up and patrol.
Phone Numbers (530) 225-2510 (SHU Lightning Fire Call Center)

CA-SHF Bagley Fire. 7,302 acres. 0%.
 Bagley and Fork fires have burned together. Numerous roads in the fire area, including the Iron Canyon Reservoir Road, were closed by Forest Order. Slow rates of spread were observed over night.
  The fire continues to spread in all directions at a moderate rate of spread in heavy timber and brush fields on steep slopes.
 Suppression efforts are focusing on both direct and indirect control lines. Crews will continue indirect line scouting, construction and improvement in preparation for burnout opportunities. This tactic is implemented in order to reduce the amount of flammable material between the fires edge and control lines. 
 At this time no structures are immediately threatened.Public Notice: There will be a Community Meeting tomorrow August 23 at 6:00 pm at the Big Bend Community Club, 30284 Hot Springs Rd. Fire officials will be on hand to give an update on the Bagley Fire.
Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Saturday August 18th, 2012 approx. 10:07 AM
Location 7 miles west of Big Bend CA
Incident Commander Whitcome
Current Situation
Total Personnel 581
Size 7,302 acres
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday September 05th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
 Fuels Involved - Timber litter and understory, brush and hardwood stands intermixed. Fire area has conifer, brush, hardwood stands, logging slash, and pine plantations. High live to dead ratio in brush exists and conifer stands have a heavy loading of dead/down material.
 Fire Behavior - Slow rates of spread overnight
Significant Events: The Bagley and Fork fires have burned together. Numerous roads in the fire area including the Iron Canyon Reservoir Road, were closed by Forest Order. Additional resources are now arriving so night shift will be implemented tomorrow. Line preparations will continue tomorrow and burnout operations may begin tomorrow night.
Outlook / Planned Actions: Continue indirect line scouting, construction and improvement in all divisions in preparation for burning. Check fire spread as necessary. Prepare logistical support for fireline suppression operations and additional spike camps.
Growth Potential - High
Terrain Difficulty - Extreme


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